Dewil River Mangroves
We had another round of snorkeling at Imorigue Island and this time by a reef wall. The water was much deeper this time but I was astounded by the wall of cabbage-like corals. I could see that as it goes deeper I could make out shapes of bigger fishes below but I could not go down that deep. Probably 40-60 feet deep.
It was getting deeper in the afternoon already. Before we headed back, we had a side trip at the mangroves of New Ibajay, the town just south of Sibaltan. From the sea, we entered the winding Dewil River. Dense mangroves were in the river fringes. Our guide tells us this is where they send guest for firefly watching again. We went deeper as long as the boat can manage but shortly went back as the tide was getting low. We reached Tapik Beach Resort by 4:00pm. My foreign companions seemed to enjoy the day as well, as they asking tips from me on the tours on the western side they would do the next day.
Like my previous observations in Linapacan, East El Nido has a more relaxed personal island hopping experience. Not too many boats to compete with and the snorkeling is way better on this side of El Nido. For East El Nido Island Hopping please check with Tapik Beach Resort for their scheduled daily tours.
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